Competition starts strong at 2012 BC Winter Games

Competition starts strong at 2012 BC Winter Games

Author: BC Games Society/Saturday, February 25, 2012/Categories: 2012 News, 2012 BC Winter Games

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Vernon, BC -- The first medals of the 2012 BC Winter Games were handed out Friday as competition got underway at venues across Greater Vernon.

Ice rain and limited visibility due to fog at Silver Star Mountain Resort caused the postponement of some of the alpine events to Saturday. But 12-year-old Sofiane Gagnon of Whistler (Zone 5) triumphed over the conditions to capture Gold in freestyle moguls competition with a score of 15.79. MacKenzie Wilson, 12, of Whistler was second (13.35) while Kassidy Todd, 13, of Keremeos (Zone 2) took the Bronze (11.39).  Noah Spence, 14, of Penticton won the male event with a score of 19.28, ahead of Whistler's Luke Smart, 12, (17.05) and Zone 3's Kyle Parker, 14, of Port Moody (15.55).
In the men's Giant Slalom  Kasper Woolley of Squamish won Gold while  Zane Torres of Kelowna  took Silver.  Finn Iles of Whistler rounded out the top three.
Zone 3 Fraser Valley women's gymnasts had top scorers in all of their events to win  Gold in team competition with a score of 199.800. The team from Zone 5 Vancouver-Squamish won Silver with 197.750 while Bronze went to Fraser River Delta (193.650).
Fraser Valley also took Gold in the men's gymnastics team event with a score of 207.4, followed by the teams from Vancouver Island-Central Coast and Thompson-Okanagan.
Benjamin Mangabat, 13, of Surrey placed first in the Juvenile Men's Freeskate at Priest Valley Arena, narrowly edging ahead of the only other skater in the men's juvenile category, 12-year-old Benjam Papp of Burnaby.
Three figure skaters from Zone 5 Vancouver-Squamish, lead the pre-novice women's figure skating competition following the short program.  Danielle Gordon of Vancouver led the results with a clean program, followed by Emma Carr of Vancouver and Amy Webb of North Vancouver.  Alexander Lawrence, 14, from Port Coquitlam, took a strong lead in the Pre-Novice Men figure skating short program.
Figure skating medals will be awarded for Juvenile Men, Juvenile Women, Pre-Novice Men and Pre-Novice Women Saturday.  A total of 41 figure skaters from around the province will compete over the two day event.
One of the spectators who braved the elements at Silver Star was ex-national team member Rob Boyd.  "I'm excited to be back at Silver Star, doing a little coaching, some refereeing and being a spectator," he said. "It's great to watch all these up and comers from BC challenging this course in these conditions. I'd give the edge to our coastal kids who are used to this type of weather."
Competition continues Saturday with over 1,100 athletes competing in 15 sports at venues throughout Vernon over the next three days.  With an average athlete age of just over 13 years, the BC Games are an important step for athletes towards provincial and national team programs.  Joining the 1,149 athletes are 231 coaches and 160 technical officials. 
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Zane Torres of Kelowna overcomes the challenging weather on his way to a BC Games silver medal in giant slalom on Silver Star Mountain .
Photo Credit:  Barry Goodsell


Media Contacts:
Jan Mansfield, BC Games News Service
Lia Threlfall, BC Games Society Communications Manager

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